Described by critics as "tremendous" and "a pleasure," baritone James Wright is a
favorite among audiences for his charismatic presence and warm tone. His recent operatic
roles include Valentin in Gounod's Faust with Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Schaunard in La Bohéme and King Melchior in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors both with Nickel City Opera of Buffalo. In 2013, James will be appearing with the
Western New York Chamber Orchestra as John Sorel in Menotti's The Consul, with Nickel City Opera as Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale and with Opera Sacra in Portman's The Little Prince as The Pilot. He will also be premiering Scott Miller's chamber opera Leaf by Niggle, based on the J.R.R. Tolkien short story, in the title role. Other operatic roles include Mr. Ford in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Crespel in Les contes d'Hoffmann with the Hillman Opera Company and Don Alfonso in Cosí fan tutte with Western New York Chamber Orchestra. He has also appeared with Chautauqua Opera
in Puccini's Manon Lescaut and has performed at Chautauqua with its symphony in a staged concert version of
Verdi’s Otello. James has served as Chorus Master for Hillman Opera productions of Les contes d'Hoffmann and Mozart's Magic Flute, as well as Opera Sacra's production of Maria Stuarda.
James is equally comfortable on the concert and recital stage. He has performed as
a soloist in Händel's Messiah with the Olean Academy Orchestra, Schubert's Mass in C Major with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Haydn's Lord
Nelson Mass with the Vocalis Chamber Choir and Boccherini's Gloria with Camerata di Sant' Antonio. In March 2013, James will be singing Messiahwith the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed in recital/concert for
Nickel City Opera, Opera Sacra, Amherst Symphony Orchestra, St.Paul's Cathedral in
Buffalo and Trinity Lutheran Church of Grand Island.
James has presented choral acoustics research at the 4th International Physiology
and Acoustics of Singing Conference in San Antonio, Texas and is active in the voice
science community. James holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education and a Masters
degree in voice performance, both from SUNY Fredonia. While completing his graduate
studies, James served as the graduate assistant to the voice area. Currently, he is
an adjunct professor of voice at SUNY Fredonia and Canisius College. He also serves
as an Artistic Administrator with Nickel City Opera.